Author Archives for Heather Schrader

Homemade Dairy-Free Irish Cream

It’s after St. Patty’s Day, but I’m sure you won’t mind a post about a delicious drink that’s inspired by a commonly imbibed beverage—Baileys Irish Cream. We didn’t celebrate much this past weekend; we kept a fairly low profile, doing the typical weekend activities of grocery shopping, cooking, and laundry. We also managed to tidy up the garage a bit and spend some time enjoying the lovely spring weather. Still, I found myself inspired and whipped this up as a celebratory treat. I hope you enjoy it!

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Easy Instant Pot Beef Stew

I hesitate to call anything Otto’s favorite. He’s only 9 months old and unable to speak for himself, after all. But, he loves this stew. I mean, he devours it. The first time I made it for him about a month ago, I puréed it really well because he was still getting the hang of swallowing solids, and he gobbled it without hesitation. Tonight, I didn’t blend it quite as much. He was just as enthusiastic.

Otto literally leans forward in his high-chair, mouth open, eagerly waiting for the next spoonful. Sometimes he grabs at the spoon and pulls it towards his face. I also let him have a few carrots from my bowl, not blended, to pick up with his fingers tonight. He happily ate them, but also continued to lean forward for more of the purée.

To be clear, Otto does not do this with other foods. So, I think it’s safe to say, this super easy dish is his favorite. Brent and I really like it, too. Like many Instant Pot recipes, all you have to do is put the ingredients in and let the gadget work its magic! We hope you and your family, however young or old, will appreciate its simplicity and delicious flavor as well.

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Gluten-free Granola for Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding can be a challenging experience at any stage. If you’re also a working mom, pumping adds another layer of (possible) complications. Some weeks, my supply seems just fine. Other weeks, I feel like I just can’t pump enough breastmilk and I worry my dwindling freezer stash will run out before Otto is ready to completely wean. Sure, we’re introducing solid foods (we started doing that two months ago, when Otto turned 6 months old). But, he’s still unsure. So his primary source of nutrition is, and will likely remain for some time, my breastmilk.

We crafted this granola recipe during one of those weeks I was feeling insecure about my milk supply, and it seemed to help! It’s specially designed with ingredients that help breastmilk production—nuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed—and uses only minimal added sugar (maple syrup) along with cinnamon (known to help regulate blood sugar) in the hopes of preventing that sugar high and crash that can happen after eating super sweet snacks.

Even if you’re not breastfeeding, this gluten-free granola is a quick and easy way to satisfy that craving you might have for a crunchy topping to your non-dairy yogurt (or regular yogurt, if you tolerate dairy well). We hope you enjoy it!

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Cuban-Style Chicken and Rice

We recently found Via Emilia Organic Riced Cauliflower at our local Costco and I am in love with it! Not only does it save me a ton of time, it also saves me a ton of mess and waste. I’m also smitten with a Cuban spice blend that we found at our local grocery store. I’ve been sprinkling it on eggs for breakfast at least a few times a week. One day for lunch, I blended these two new favorites (see our Instagram post) and the recipe started to take form.

Whether you’re looking for a Whole30 or 21DSD compliant meal or just a super tasty dinner without a lot of fuss, this is it! Plus, it can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal. You can spice it up with your favorite hot sauce or salsa (Brent’s go-to condiments) or eat it as is.

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Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Cookies

We realize that the start of the year is typically the time for lots of exercise, food, and weight-loss related resolutions. But, we have one more cookie recipe for you—and whether you choose to enjoy it now or bookmark it for later, we think you’ll love it and satisfy your craving for sweets. With just five ingredients, these cookies are super easy and fast to make. Fair warning though: they are very “fall-apart-y.” I recommend making them small and eating them in one bite with a swift motion from tray to mouth.

If you’re reading this post with frustration, because you’ve just began a Whole30, 21DSD, or other New Year’s diet reset, don’t fret! We have our Whole30 and 21DSD recipes tagged here and here, respectively.

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